Fred sputtering along Cuba; seventh tropical system forming in Atlantic

Fred looks rather ragged over Cuba, while PTC 7 (bottom right) is starting to get its act together on Aug. 13, 2021. [NOAA image]

As Tropical Depression Fred continues to sputter along the north coast of Cuba on Friday, another tropical cyclone is starting to form in the central tropical Atlantic that will need to be watched as it develops further.

Fred is expected to regain tropical storm strength as the center slides across the Florida Keys on Saturday, then just off the Gulf Coast of Florida before making landfall Monday in the Big Bend area.

Once it moves onshore, the remnants will spread into the southeast United States. That will increase the flow of moisture into our area and increase the chances for some showers and thunderstorms through next week.

Back out in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven. A tropical wave and low pressure center located about 800 miles east of the Leeward Islands have started to get better organized.

If the system becomes a tropical storm, it will be called Grace.

Current forecasts have it following a similar path to Fred, but then turning northward towards the Bahamas. Interests along the U.S. East Coast, including the Outer Banks, will need to monitor this system more closely as we get into next week.

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